Luxury cars

These are the best luxury cars for families

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Between supply chain issues, inflation and ongoing shortages of semiconductor chips, 2022 is shaping up to be another tough year for car shopping. But sometimes buying a car just can’t be avoided, especially if you have a growing family.

The good news is that in the luxury car segment, options for families have multiplied. In fact, the very definition of what constitutes a luxury car is changing, say experts at Kelley Blue Book, who point out that traditionally mid-range vehicles are now competing in the luxury segment when it comes to amenities offered. . The bad news? These mid-range vehicles are now slipping into luxury car status when it comes to price as well.

Still, if your family’s budget can afford the cost, there are plenty of tempting luxury car options to explore. Here’s a look at some of the best options recommended by car experts from Kelley’s Blue Book, consumer reportsand Car and driver.

Audi Q7

Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price: From $55,489

Audi’s Q7 SUV makes driving a vehicle designed to accommodate an entire family that much more stylish. “It’s a terrific combination of European elegance and American convenience,” says Brian Moody of Kelley Blue Book. “If you hate the idea of ​​driving a minivan and don’t need the bulk of a Chevy Suburban, the Q7 is a great choice.” The Q7 features three rows of seats and a tech-filled cabin.

Cadillac Escalade

Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price: From $76,687

For many car buyers, including families, luxury means size. If that sounds like you, the Escalade, which is Cadillac’s largest SUV, may be the perfect choice. (As long as you don’t mind driving such a big, gas-guzzling vehicle.) In addition to offering plenty of room for your brood, the Escalade includes high-end luxury details, including and there has a rear entertainment package that includes two 12.6-inch screens designed for streaming. And that’s not all. “The opulent interior can be outfitted with luxuries such as an augmented reality navigation system, a huge OLED display, Cadillac’s Super Cruise hands-free driving and an AKG sound system,” says Moody.

Chrysler Pacifica hybrid

Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price: From $47,640

Minivans have a job to do, and most do it well. If your family wants something that’s a little more than just functional, look to the Chrysler Pacifica, says Moody. “Inside and out, the Pacifica looks just as much at home at a red carpet event as it does being picked up from the elementary school carpool line” , says Moody. Drew Dorian, Editor of Car and Driver also describes the Pacifica Hybrid as a vehicle that not only has “family transportation at your fingertips”, but which is also “practical, comfortable, graceful and undeniably beautiful”. The Chrysler Pacifica is sold as a regular V6 or can be purchased as a plug-in hybrid vehicle.

Genesis GV80

Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price: From $49,638

When it comes to three-row SUVs, few are as attractive as the Genesis GV80, says Moody. The GV80 includes a third row of seats for children, while offering a level of family friendliness that Moody says feels “almost out of place considering the GV80’s luxury inside and out”. Dorian from Car and Driver says the vehicle has parent-friendly features like “a majestic design and a serene leather-lined cabin”, which puts it on par with high-end cars such as the luxurious BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class. In fact, the Genesis GV80 recently won the publication award Editors’ Choice Award.

Hyundai Ioniq 5

Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price: From $40,925

Not technically a luxury brand, many of Hyundai’s cars and SUVs border on luxury regardless, says Moody. The Ioniq 5 is an all-electric hatchback or crossover SUV depending on how you look at it. “Hyundai calls it an SUV and it has a very spacious and very useful interior,” says Moody. Why should families care about this car? Hyundai has done a great job of making simplicity luxurious, says Moody. And with a range of 300 miles, fast charging capability and 225 horsepower, the Ioniq 5 is as fun as it is functional for families.

Jeep Grand Wagoner

Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price: From $85,853

Jeep’s Grand Wagoneer is new this year and offers a high-performance off-road SUV that can also pack the family for a serious getaway both on and off-road. “But the Grand Wagoneer is more than just luxury details, it’s a complete VIP experience,” says Moody. “Everything from purchasing your new Grand Wagoneer to servicing it is handled by dedicated staff.”

Kia Carnival

Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price: From $32,779

Sure, Kia isn’t a luxury brand, but the Carnival can be kitted out to look the part at a slightly more family-friendly price point. “Airplane-style reclining seats are available in the second row, as is a touchscreen entertainment system,” says Moody. “Two 12.3-inch display screens are also available.” Go for the SX Prestige trim if you want the ultimate family hauler, Moody adds.

Volvo XC60 T8

Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price: From $54,193

Volvo’s XC60 is just the right size for families that don’t necessarily need three rows of seats. The T8 designation indicates it’s a plug-in hybrid version for buyers who really want an electric SUV, but don’t yet have enough charging options in their local community. “Go for the extended-range version to get over 30 miles of electric-only driving on every charge,” suggests Moody.

BMW X7

Starting price: $75,895

The best luxury vehicles for families often combine sophistication with practicality and driving verve — characteristics the Car and Driver team looks for when deciding on its annual Editors’ Choice awards, Dorian says. One of the SUVs that meets these criteria is the BMW X7, an Editor’s Choice winner that has six seats in three rows. Car and driver says the vehicle is “well suited to affluent families” adding that it offers tons of premium content and hi-tech features as well as an interior that is as quiet as a bookcase but both more comfortable and more luxurious.”

Audi A4

Starting price: $39,900 to $45,500

The Audi A4, a compact luxury sports sedan, is among the top picks for families according to Consumer Reports experts, who say it offers a variety of important features. “The Audi has better reliability than the BMW (based on Consumer Report’s survey of members who own these vehicles) and has a better road test score,” said Jon Linkov, associate automotive editor for Consumer. Reports. “It strikes a better balance between ride, comfort and driving agility, and is a bit quieter inside.” Car and Driver’s opinion on the A4 also points out that it offers plenty of details that parents will love, including “a richly appointed cabin, lively handling, premium styling and plenty of tech features.”

BMW 3 series

Starting price: $41,500 to $56,700

Amid soaring inflation and soaring fuel prices, here’s a feature that will appeal to families everywhere: the 3 Series scores slightly better fuel economy (29 total miles per gallon) in Consumer Report tests . Touching on another particularly important consideration when driving your family, the 3 Series also stopped shorter in Consumer Report’s wet and dry surface braking tests. And finally, notes Linkov, this vehicle has a better owner satisfaction score. “The BMW is a bit more parent-friendly when installing child seats,” Linkov adds.

Buick Envision

Starting price: $31,500 to $41,650

Consider the Buick Envision the luxury offering for families, says Linkov of Consumer Reports. “Redesigned for the 2021 model year, the Buick tops the Consumer Report charts thanks to its excellent reliability; full range of standard active safety systems, including forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection and blind spot warning; quiet interior; and very good ride comfort,” says Linkov. It’s also easy to get a secure fit for most child seats in the back seat of the car. ‘Envision, and the vehicle’s wide door openings make it easy for kids to get in and out,’ Linkov says.